Acharya Vilasini Balakrishnan
Acharya Vilasini is an acharya of the Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (CMWRC). She began her Vedantic studies under the tutleage of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in 1975 when she was in India studying comparative philosophy. She graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Philosophy. In 1978, she graduated from the Mission's three-year, residential Vedanta course at 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya' in Mumbai, India.

Vilasiniji and her family organized Pujya Gurudev's first jnana yajna in Washington DC in 1978, and started the first Chinmaya Study Group in the DC area. Vilasiniji served Chinmaya Mission in Flint, Michigan until 1980, where she taught Bala Vihar, Sanskrit, Vedanta, and Devi Group classes. She also organized Study Groups and Bala Vihar in Chicago and California.

From 1981 to 1984, Vilasiniji had the distinct honor of being Pujya Gurudev's personal assistant, traveling with Gurudev to all his yajnas, videotaping his talks, and performing secretarial duties.

In 1984, she was assigned as Editor-in-Chief of CMW's "Mananam" publication series. In 1986, Vilasiniji and her husband moved to Washington DC. Both of them were founding Board members of CMWRC in 1989. In the same year, Pujya Gurudev placed Vilasiniji on CMW's Board of Directors. In 1991, he appointed her as CMW's Executive Secretary, a role she continued until 1999.

Vilasiniji presently teaches Vedanta classes for adults and is CMWRC's Bala Vihar Coordinator.

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